Best toothbrushes for Braces

If you have traditional or ceramic braces, we know keeping your teeth clean can be a challenge. The cool thing about braces is once your teeth are straightened they become much easier to clean. With Straight teeth you won’t have to force the floss between your teeth, and it will be easier to remove plaque.

But in the meantime, you must work hard to make sure each wire is clean, along with the teeth and gums underneath. That’s why we’re often asked about the best type of toothbrush to use during this process. Let’s look at some of the options.

Electric Versus Manual Toothbrushes – Which is Better?

Interestingly, while we know we all love our electronic gadgets, some people prefer a manual toothbrush. The best manual toothbrush will have a small head and soft bristles, which is particularly important when you have braces and want to get those bristles between the wires.

But did you know there is actually research that shows powered toothbrushes have a more positive effect on oral health in 80% of the patients surveyed? WebMD reported on the survey, which originally appeared in the year 2000 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

We like electronic toothbrushes for kids, simply because they actually might find turning it on and scrub-a-dubbing more fun and interesting than the manual kind. But if your child is small make sure you supervise so they don’t end up scrub-a-dubbing their face, the bathtub, or the toilet. (It happens!)

Some of the electronic toothbrush manufacturers conveniently make toothbrush heads designed for people with braces. (See, we told you dentistry has come a long way!) Oral-B is one such company. Go here to see their products for braces.

Here is an option to consider when you’re looking at an electric toothbrushe to help you keep your braces clean:

  • The Oral-B Pro-Health for Metoothbrush was actually designed for kids and teenagers with braces. It also does a really nice job helping young people take care of their teeth by making it less of a chore. One thing to note; the brush is recommended for ages eight and up.

But what if you prefer a manual toothbrush? Or, don’t want to spend big money on an electric? Here are some of our best tips for choosing a toothbrush to help clean your braces:

  • First, look for a small brushing head to fit your mouth. Make sure the bristles are angled to reach through the braces to the teeth and gums.
  • Second, make sure the bristles are soft so you avoid irritating your gums.
  • Third, select round end bristles. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) suggests rounded bristles are better for protecting the tissue in your mouth from damage.

If you still can’t decide what to choose or have questions about how to care for your teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to help!

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